Everywhere I’ve worked and regardless of the medium, I’ve heard similar reader complaints: “You got it wrong.”
And the too-frequent follow-up: “If you can’t get something that simple right, how can I trust the rest of what you report?”
Melissa Click went too far when
she called for immediate violence against student reporters, and
Pete Santilli may
have overstepped the journalist’s role when he supported the militants’
occupation of a federal animal refuge.
I’ve never understood reporters who invent stories, events, sources or quotes. Whether reporters expect to get away with it is unclear,
but getting caught can be a career-killer. Who trusts a proven cheat or
unreasonable litigation risk?
Liberal commentators in diverse news media with whom I
generally agree tend to suffer SSDD (Same Stuff, Different Day).
Conservatives, however, are endlessly creative when it comes to their abilities to stoke anger and fear.
I was The CincinnatiEnquirer’s new federal beat reporter and the late federal judge Carl Rubin asked what I knew about courts.
“The only ones I’ve covered were Native Courts in Northern
Rhodesia, but they’re just like the ones here: white judges and black
The election’s done, but I’m still puzzling over the Enquirer endorsement of the parks levy. From what the two endorsement editorials said about the park board, its president Otto Budig and Mayor John Cranley, I expected Enquirer opposition to the levy.